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    commanteer

    Well if your one of those anti-vaccine people and you keep asking dumb questions; like does it cause autism, then yes I can see where a doctor would become irritated with the questions.

    Uh... dude? Why would an anti-vaccine person be in the doctor's office asking about vaccines? People who want vaccines get them. People who don't want them don't get them. And who defines what a dumb question is? People who can't distinguish between "your" and "you're"?

    Posted in: 2 hospitals to lose 'advanced treatment hospital' status after patients' deaths

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    Had they been 15 years younger and female, ageist, misogynistic comments would be flying all over the place.

    Maybe. But that's only because we would be talking about Madonna, and she has a way of annoying people who love music.

    Posted in: Rolling Stones kick off 'Zip Code' stadium tour in San Diego

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    If a doctor is irritated by my questions, he's out. That's a major red flag for me. It suggests that he can't explain his actions (and therefore doesn't really understand them) and is arrogant (which means more likely make mistakes).

    If somebody is going to be drugging me or cutting into my body, it has to be someone I have no serious doubts about. After all, it's life or death for me - but to the doctor, I'm just one of the hundred or so patients he may see each day.

    Posted in: 2 hospitals to lose 'advanced treatment hospital' status after patients' deaths

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    commanteer

    I doubt China will make a fuss about this. They have problems with these poachers within their borders as well. They can't support the skipper without suggesting support for what are criminal activities even under Chinese law.

    Posted in: Chinese skipper jailed for coral poaching

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    commanteer

    Aside from Syd Barrett, none of the guys in PInk Floyd ever seemed especially creative. Pretentious art-school pop music. But, of course, that's just my opinion.

    Posted in: 'We were awful,' says Pink Floyd's Waters on band's early days

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    Simply, a lot of people, men and women both, lack the confidence and knowledge to climb out of a rut. People aren't taught the needed skills by their parents (who may have even helped crush their confidence) or buy schools (which never teach the basics of staring a business, managing money, self improvement, etc.).

    If a child depending on you isn't enough of a motivation, then I really can't imagine what could help. For the others, they need to learn new ways of thinking, about themselves and their potential.

    Nathalie's advice is good, but easier said than done. There must a way to reach out to people like this - to make them aware that they have alternatives.

    Posted in: Women sinking into poverty face bleak future

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    commanteer

    Every now and then I buy a hundred yen burger, take it home, put a slice of cheese on it, drop it in the toaster oven and end up with a nice 300 yen cheese burger!

    I used to do this with the $1 burgers at AM/PM in the USA. People laughed, but once I added the fresh lettuce, tomato, and onions, along with jalapeno peppers and whatnot, I had a pretty good burger for a buck.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan revamps menu, prices after food scandals

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    What a waste. This money will buy almost no influence, and eventually the government's hideous balance sheet will catch up with them. If Japan wants to increase influence to keep ahead of China, the way to do it is to build a strong economy (like China is doing). Stuff like this will contribute to a weaker economy and, ironically, a subsequent loss of influence.

    Posted in: Japan ups ante in race to boost influence in Asia with cash

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    Strawberries are highly perishable, and there is no system in place to quickly auction off one freakily large berry (short of Yahoo auctions). I am sure they milked all the publicity they could out of it, though.

    Posted in: Guinness World Record-breaking strawberry found in Fukuoka

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    it's a known fact the fries don't even spoil (because it's not actually food)

    By that definition, beef jerky, granola and quinoa are not food. Spoilage requires many things (such as water content), and is inhibited by many things that are perfectly harmless or even beneficial (such as vinegar and honey).

    There are plenty of restaurants with grass fed beef and organic produce. McDonald's focuses on cheap, and the food is nowhere near as bad a thousand hysterical internet memes based on ignorance would have you believe. There are countless worse fast food restaurants, but because they are small and local they don't get the attention.

    Posted in: McDonald's Japan revamps menu, prices after food scandals

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    commanteer

    The one we have is pretty much identical to the one in the picture。Search カキ氷メーカー on Yahoo or Rakuten and you should be able to find one for under 5000 yen. It works fast. There's no need for an electric device unless you are making shaved ice for large crowds. The kids enjoy turning the handle anyway. You'll save a bundle on store bought ice and ice cream, and you can control the flavorings (or make your own even).

    Posted in: Stay cool this summer with retro-style shaved-ice maker

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    commanteer

    Will Boston Marathon bomber's execution make him a martyr?

    Who cares? Just pull the switch.

    Posted in: Will Boston Marathon bomber's execution make him a martyr?

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    commanteer

    Indeed, you are what you eat.

    Posted in: Hamburger heads

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    commanteer

    Where in this story do you read her driving was atrocious?

    The article says she was arrested for reckless driving. If running down 5 schoolboys is not atrocious driving, I'd hate to see what is.

    Posted in: 5 children, woman injured after car plows into them

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    We have one of these at home, though I'm quite sure we didn't pay anywhere near the price they are quoting here. Works great for the kids. Works great for adults, too. Kahlua and ice, baby!

    Posted in: Stay cool this summer with retro-style shaved-ice maker

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    commanteer

    I wish the bank of Japan would share whatever they are smoking with the rest of us. It might help us forget how miserable Japan's economy is.

    Posted in: BOJ chief economist says Japan likely to shift to expansionary phase

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    commanteer

    I've know a couple cases where people have travelled to a distant country to kill themselves. I would guess it's not uncommon at all. Especially if the person just hopes to disappear and not leave a trace for friends or family to find.

    Seems silly to pan the movie based on it having a unbelievable premise, especially when the premise is not all that unusual.

    Posted in: Film starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe booed at Cannes

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    commanteer

    I think people do need to learn more about food, but Jamie is the wrong person. He'll just bring more food neurosis. I'll never forget his making chicken nuggets for kids to show how "gross" they were. (Cuz, like, they had stuff like cartilage and guts in them...eeew! And all mashed together they made this pink paste. Double eew!)

    The look on his face when the kids told him they still wanted to eat the nuggets was priceless! They had more sense than he did.

    Maybe if he had given actual reasons for not eating the nuggets, they might have listened. But instead he talked down to them in icky, eww, gross language and thought that would do the trick. Doesn't sound like he has changed. He says cereal is "all rubbish." Again appealing to emotions rather than sense. If you don't already agree with him, he's not going to convince you.

    Posted in: Chef Jamie Oliver urges compulsory food lessons worldwide

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    The ministry believes that in order for Japan to prepare talented children for the fast-paced globalized 21st century, teachers of superior quality are absolutely necessary.

    As long as they "perform well on the mandatory certification exam." Talent and being fast paced are completely at odds with passing a standardized, bureaucrat-approved test. As usual, the government here is completely missing the point and demonstrating how they address change by painting the same old mentality with a new color.

    Posted in: LDP panel proposes new teacher recruitment system

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    commanteer

    Now, let's look at Japan and how scarily easy it would be to set an IUD on the shinkansen tracks out in the countryside where there is literally no barrier near the tracks.

    I haven't seen a single area where there is no barrier for the shinkansen tracks. If there was a gap, they would have already had problems with deer or animals on the tracks. Not that your point is invalid. Terrorists, though, will always find soft targets.

    Abe is just joining all the other governments is finding excuses to exercise greater control over their citizens. That is the purpose - security is the excuse. And he knows it.

    Posted in: Abe says new security bills needed because Japan can't ignore real world

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